Expressive Drawing with Charcoal

A course by Tianyin Wang , Artist

Artist. London, United Kingdom.
Joined May 2022

Experiment with composition, perspective, and proportion to create charcoal illustrations that express the soul of your subject

  • 99% positive reviews (120)
  • 3780 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Experiment with composition, perspective, and proportion to create charcoal illustrations that express the soul of your subject

Charcoal drawing is one of the oldest art forms known to humanity, and is still widely used today thanks to its expressive capabilities. Tianyin Wang is an award-winning artist who applies this ancient tool to create illustrations with a modern vision. He has collaborated with clients including Oxford University Press, Bloomsbury Publishing, and STYLIST magazine, and his work has been displayed in galleries across the UK.

In this online course, Tianyin teaches you the secrets to drawing with charcoal. Learn the fundamentals of perspective and proportion, as well as how to capture the essence of your subject through contrast, shapes, and tones. Explore the creative possibilities of this medium and express your artistic voice in unique charcoal illustrations.

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What will you learn in this online course?

14 lessons & 20 downloads

Understanding the Materials
17 minutes, 27 seconds
Charcoal, Shapes, and Tools
13 minutes, 43 seconds
Working on Proportions
13 minutes, 59 seconds
Understanding Layers 1
10 minutes, 38 seconds
Free Hand, Shapes, and Lifting
10 minutes, 0 seconds
  • 99% positive reviews (120)
  • 3780 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 42m)
  • 20 additional resources (3 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create a charcoal illustration of any subject of your choice. Your teacher depicts a cat, but you’re free to draw whatever you like.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in learning to draw with charcoal and finding their artistic voice.

Requirements and materials

No previous drawing skills are required.

In terms of materials, you need charcoal in pencil, powder, and stick format, a hard and soft eraser, a makeup brush, a utility knife, soft palette knives, and a spray fixative.


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Tianyin Wang

A course by Tianyin Wang

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Artist

Tianyin Wang is an artist currently based in London. He discovered his passion for drawing at an early age and went on to study illustration before getting his start in the editorial industry, producing mostly digital pieces. In search of a more organic medium, he began experimenting with charcoal, developing a unique style through the interplay of its different formats. He prefers drawing freehand, as it helps him capture the motion and energy of his subjects.

Tianyin has collaborated with clients including Oxford University Press, Bloomsbury Publishing, and STYLIST magazine. He has displayed his work in galleries across the UK and sold pieces to art collectors internationally. He also received a New Blood Award from D&AD in 2009 and the Larson Juhl Award from the Society of Wildlife Artists.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Getting Ready

    • Understanding the Materials
    • Charcoal, Shapes, and Tools
    • Working on Proportions
    • Understanding Layers 1
    • Understanding Layers 2
  • U3

    The Drawing

    • Choosing a Reference Image: Proportions and Composition
    • Free Hand, Shapes, and Lifting
    • Moving to the Details 1
    • Moving to the Details 2
    • From Dark to Darkest
  • U4

    Going Further

    • Experimentation
    • Building Your Portfolio and Sharing Your Work
  • FP

    Final project

    • Expressive Drawing with Charcoal

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Expressive Drawing with Charcoal. Illustration course by Tianyin Wang

Expressive Drawing with Charcoal

A course by Tianyin Wang
Artist. London, United Kingdom.
Joined May 2022
  • 99% positive reviews (120)
  • 3780 students